Lawrie has grown up with canoeing, the son of Ross Chenoweth who was the first secretary of what is now Australia Canoeing. Lawrie has competed in both sprint and marathon events and has represented Victoria and Australia in sprint K1, K2 and K4, first racing in the Australian championships in 1966 at the age of 9, Lawrie has also completed three Murray Marathons full distance events in K1, K2 and K4.
Lawrie is an active member of Ivanhoe Northcote Canoe Club and has had several positions in the committee over the past 20 years. Over the past few years, Lawrie is also involved with coaching at a junior level. Lawrie operates a small company employing seven people.
Lawrie would like to see canoeing grow and give all participants in all disciplines the opportunity and enjoyment that a great sport like canoeing has been for him.